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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, July 21-30, 2016

Below is a list of upcoming activities in or around Benton Park West, a Cherokee Neighborhood.

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee are welcome and encouraged to attend. Facebook Invite

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Please join us to hear the neighborhood news and have a chance in interact with your neighbors, 3rd District police, aldermen and NSO. We will review upcoming events and activities. All residents, business men and women, developers, landlords and other friends are welcome. Visit our Events page for more details or our Facebook Invite

Happy Thyme: A Garden Club for Seniors

Fridays from 10:00-12:00 pm, Salvation Army, 2747 Arsenal

The Happy Thyme Garden Club is open to all seniors interested in gardening, whether you're a certified green thumb or looking for a place to learn something new. We'll meet at Temple Gardens, located across from the Salvation Army on Fridays at 10 am. Questions? Call Sara Johnson at 314.606.7794

The Sad Girls Club

Saturday, July 23 from 9:00-12:00 am, STL-Style, 3159 Cherokee

The Sad Girls Club seeks to dismantle the idea that drag performers should always present a cheerful and optimistic face, handling even the saddest songs with exaggerated hand gestures and over-done lip shakes. There will be a $5 honorarium at the door, all of which will support the artists. Alcoholic beverages will be available to those over 21 for an additional donation, further supporting the artists. Facebook Invite

Gravois Park Trash Pickup and Social Hour

Sundays from 9:30-10:30 am, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

Each Sunday, get to know your neighbors and help make YOUR neighborhood park a better place to play! We'll pick up litter in and around the park while talking and getting to know each other.

Zumba Classes

Mondays, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host Zumba classes on Mondays at 6:00 pm for $5.00 a session. For more info 314-771-0242.

Marine Villa Neighborhood Association Meeting

Monday, July 25 at 7:00 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

Our monthly neighborhood association meeting held the fourth Monday of every month. CBBA happy hour starts at 6:00 pm meeting at 7:00 pm and we keep it concise. Come out and meet your neighbors, they are a lot cooler than you think! Find out what is going on in your neighborhood and how to participate in community activities that have a positive impact. If you would like to share something with the neighborhood, message us and we will get you on the agenda.

Musical Mondays: Gina Galati, Winter Opera Founder & Soprano

Monday, July 25 from 7:30-9:30 pm, Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia

Bring your lawnchairs or blankets and enjoy the show! July 25 will feature Gina Galati, Winter Opera Founder & Soprano. Facebook Invite

Summer Children's Concert Series

Wednesday, July 27 from 9:30-10:30 am, Piper Palm House, Tower Grove Park

The concerts are free to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Light snacks and beverages will be served after the concert. Our pony, Sheffield, likes to make an appearance from time to time after the concerts! Facebook Invite

Puppy Pool Party

Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, Benton Park West Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

Each Wednesday through Labor Day (weather permitting), we'll host a pool party for the pups! Let your dog cool off while you socialize with the other members. Please visit our Dog Park page of the Facebook group for more info on the park or the pool party. Questions? Contact Dog Park Chair, Chris Schmidt at 314-452-1931 or at

Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour

Thursday, July 28 from 4:00-7:30 pm, Saint Louis Hop Shop, 2606 Cherokee

This is the perfect week for a happy hour as it coincides with STL Craft Beer week (yeah, we planned that perfectly). Beers will be offered in the taproom and the side patio will be open. We are currently working with The Little Dipper and Vista Ramen to get their amazing food delivered across the street for us all to enjoy. Please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite for details.

Yeyo Convergence Conference: Health, Wealth and Disrupting Capitalism

Friday, July 29 at 5 pm to Sunday, July 31 at 12:00 pm, Yeyo Arts, 2907 S. Jefferson

The 2016 Convergence Conference focuses the connections between economic development, personal health, and personal and collective wealth. The weekend of workshops, discussions and reflective sessions will highlight the opportunities for empowerment through the creative economy. Facebook Invite

Nebula Block Party

Friday, July 29 from 7:00-11:00 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Free drinks from Schlafly Beer, live music by SO MANY DYNAMOS and Nappy DJ Needles, Byrd & Barrel pop-up cafe, LO-FI CHEROKEE screening, pre-party beer tasting at Saint Louis Hop Shop (5pm) and a sign lighting ceremony at 7:30pm for our new 20' neon sign! Facebook Invite

4th Annual Dumpster Pool Party

Saturday, July 30 from 12:00-10:00 pm, The Fortune Teller Bar, 2635 Cherokee

Back by popular demand The Fortune Teller Bar proudly presents the 4th Annual Dumpster Pool Party with sponsors Schlafly Beer, Sauce Magazine, Communication Depot and Major Brands. Facebook Invite

Temporal Cities Blanket Fort Festival

Saturday, July 30 from 2:00-8:00 pm, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson

Benton Park Summer Event Series and Spore Projects Present: Temporal Cities 2nd Annual Blanket Fort Festival; an Interactive Playscape built by neighbors, artists, and YOU!! FREE & Family Friendly. For full event details and schedule, please visit the Facebook Invite.


  • St. Louis Swap Meet, Sunday, July 31 at 9:00 am, Various locations along Cherokee

  • National Night Out, Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00 pm, Our Neighborhood Garden, 2802 Wyoming

  • Foos and Brews, August 12 from 7:30-9:00 pm, Great American Human Foosball, 3227 Morganford

  • Festival of Nations 2016, Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28, Tower Grove Park


A special THANK YOU to The Porch sponsors:

Buddha Body and Bath

As The Porch Review (BPW newsletter) is printed quarterly, we'll post upcoming activities on Thursdays through the "Weekly Porch." If there's an area activity that you'd like to have included, please send your activity details to

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